An exploding music career, angry catfights, and keeping her real-life marriage a secret are all in a day’s work for Days of our Lives star Jen Lilley. In a soapcentral.com interview, Jen reveals the soundtrack to the soapy days of her life.

“I thought I’d start to dabble in singing and just kind of try to start learning, and then all of a sudden, it was like, ‘Well here you go, here you go, here you go,'” she says with a laugh, adding that both the holiday tune and the resulting recording opportunity came out of a simple resolution. “I’m a total nerd, and I make seven-year plans, and I make five-year plans, and one of my goals for the year 2014 was to record one Christmas song, so that’s kind of how it came about. And then it just became bigger and bigger and bigger… definitely beyond what I ever thought was going to happen. It’s really exciting.”

Funny enough, the actress also credits DAYS newcomer Christopher Sean (Paul Narita) for convincing her to pursue a singing career. “He’s actually one of the people that kind of put the nail in and solidified the fact that I was going to start singing again, because he was always so encouraging,” she enthuses. “He would always ask me to sing for him. He was like, ‘Oh, I heard you singing.’ And I was like, ‘Um, when did you hear me singing?!’ And he was like, ‘Oh, you were walking down the hall, and you didn’t know I was there,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s awkward’ [laughs]… My parents, they always called me their songbird, because I still do it to this day, and I don’t realize I’m doing it until I start consciously thinking about it, but every time I walk to my car, and when I walk from my car to my front door, I sing, and I’ve done that my whole life. My parents used to always say, ‘We always knew when you were home, because it would be one in the morning and you’d be singing at the door. Even if you were trying to sneak in, we knew you were home, because we heard you singing.’ So yeah, I do, I walk around singing and don’t realize I’m doing it.”

Read the full interview with Jen here.

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2014 ended on a high note for Days of our Lives’ Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan, who released a Christmas song with costar Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) this holiday season. But it looks like 2015 will be even better, because the actress is now recording a full-length album!

“One of my goals for the year was to record a Christmas CD, and that’s how the song came about, and then it just became bigger and bigger and bigger,” Lilley recalls of the snowball effect her and Martsolf’s rendition of the classic tune “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been able to achieve. “We recorded with Frank Sinatra’s musicians, and once we got in the studio, they were like, ‘Oh, we didn’t realize you guys could really sing,’ and Eric and I were like, ‘Wait, what?’ And then they said, ‘Well, most actors think they can sing, but they can’t,’ which I didn’t realize, and then they said they want to record two full albums with me next year.”

Lilley will record her album at the legendary Capitol records with several of the label’s producers. The goal is to get Lilley signed to a record deal.

As you’d expect, Lilley is over the moon with the offer and already has big plans for her future as a singer. “One will be a full Christmas album, and one will be, well, I don’t know, I’m thinking I’m going to do a 1940s album, because I love 1940s music,” she shares of the direction she’ll be going for the two albums. “I would like to write original songs, but maybe I’m not at that skill level yet. Maybe I’ll start studying that this year and aim for that next year. But we’ll see.”

Either way, the actress can also look forward to working with “I Will Survive” singer Gloria Gaynor, who has expressed interest in recording a duet with Lilley. “It’s so exciting,” the actress enthuses. “I was like, ‘Wait, what?! With me?! What?’ I keep checking to see if people are actually listening [to ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’], because I keep thinking this is all like a weird dream that I’m going to wake up from and think, ‘God, I’m such a narcissist!'”

As for whether or not music might take the actress away from daytime remains to be seen. “I’ve thought about that a lot,” Lilley admits. “It’s hard to say, but I definitely don’t think I could go on without acting. I really enjoy the art of storytelling, and I think singing is storytelling too, but I will always want to act more than I want to sing — I think. Because they asked me that, too. They said, ‘You could quit right now and become a full-on recording artist.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think that’s what I want to do.’ I want to do both, and I think you can do both. People do it. But… if it was like an option of going on tour musically, or doing a movie, I’d rather do a movie, I think. Ask me again in a couple of years!” (Source)

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Jen and Eric Martsolf will be appearing on Hallmark’s Home and Family December 23 (Tuesday). Check your local listings and set your DVRs to hear them sing their single Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

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Soapdom: How did this idea come about?

Jen Lilley: I’ve always dreamed of having a Christmas album, so one of my goals for 2014 was to record a Christmas single. I’ve now recorded three songs this year! (Two of them are Christmas tunes. The other Christmas tune is called “We’re All Waitin’ on You” and I will perform that live in Peekskill NY on Dec. 5 to raise money for wounded veterans at the Westchester All Stars Christmas concert. Find out more about this concert.

Soapdom: How did your collaboration with Eric Martsolf come about?

Jen Lilley: I’ve been looking for the perfect person to sing this duet with for years. Eric and I are good friends, and our voices blend so wonderfully. He was a natural choice. I was thrilled he agreed (though I doubt I gave him much choice). Eric’s also hilarious, so I knew he would get the comedic nature of the tune.

Soapdom: Why did you choose Baby it’s Cold Outside?

Jen Lilley: It’s always been one of my favorite Christmas songs, and it’s very comfortable for my voice. I figured I’d start with what works.

Soapdom: Where did you record this, and how long did it take?

Jen Lilley: We recorded the tune at Gregg Field’s home studio (which is amazing!) We recorded it all in about 2 hours (musicians and all), and then we just hung out with our musicians and producer for another hour or so listening to music and hearing glorious tales of the greats like Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. I was in heaven.

Soapdom: Are you and Eric ever looking at a singing career?

Jen Lilley: I am, but only as a side to acting. Acting is my first creative love. Eric sings all the time all over the country, but you’d have to ask him his plans.

Soapdom: You both did a teaser at the Day of Days Event and were both excellent. Have either of you had musical training?

Jen Lilley: Eric’s been on Broadway. I grew up singing in church and eventually became a worship leader in Virginia. I recently joined my church’s worship team in LA as well.

Soapdom: You said you are planning on releasing a Christmas album next year. Please elaborate. Also will you be solo, or will it be duets?

Jen Lilley: It will mainly be solo, but I’m looking for duets because duets are so much fun!

Soapdom: If you will do more duets, will it be with Eric, or perhaps someone else?

Jen Lilley: If he’s game, I am. I’m certainly going to try to get him to do another tune with me.

Soapdom: Why are you doing a Christmas album?

Jen Lilley: I’ve just always loved Christmas music, and it’s been a childhood dream to record a Christmas CD. When I was little, my mom used to host these elaborate caroling parties. I remember going around the neighborhood with a mug of hot chocolate and singing for neighbors to cheer up their holiday season. It was precious.

Soapdom: Did you personally choose the songs?

Jen Lilley: Yes, but I haven’t recorded the full album yet. I’ve had a list going for YEARS, so I already know which ones I REALLY want to record.

Soapdom: Baby it’s Cold Outside is on I tunes. Where will your album be available?

Jen Lilley: I’m sure it will be on iTunes and Google Play and Amazon, etc. next year. But time will tell. (Source)

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Just in time for the holidays, DAYS’s Jen Lilley (Theresa) and Eric Martsolf (Brady) have teamed up to record a cover version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

“Before I knew I wanted to be an actress or do anything, I wanted to have a Christmas album,” reveals Lilley. “ ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is one of my favorite songs, so I wanted to start with it.” Martsolf adds, “When Jen called me up and said she had some members from Frank Sinatra’s band, I responded, ‘Just tell me when.’ The girl’s resourcefulness is off the charts. It’s the perfect Christmas duet.”

To purchase the song, go to iTunes. (Source)

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